Thursday, June 14, 2012

151. Egypt's Mysterious Pyramids by Agnieszka Biskup

Egypt's Mysterious Pyramids: An Isabel Soto Archaeology Adventure by Agnieszka Biskup. Illustrated by Roger Stewart (US) - (Canada)
Graphic Library

Pages: 32
Ages: 8+
Finished: May 25, 2012
First Published: Jan. 1, 2012
Publisher: Capstone Press
Genre: children, graphic novel, non-fiction, ancient history
Rating: 3.5/5


First sentence: "The Lighthouse at Alexandria was one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World."

Publisher's Summary: "In graphic novel format, follows the adventures of Isabel Soto as she discovers the secrets about Egypt’s great pyramids."

Acquired: Received a review copy from Capstone Press.

Reason for Reading:  I've enjoyed other books in this series.


An introductory book on the history and building of the Great Pyramids of Giza.  A story approach is taken as Isabel travels back in time and gets first hand information from on-the-spot witnesses.  She travels back in time to the building of each of the three pyramids and we learn the history of each while learning how the building progressed from the step pyramid to the smooth-sided pyramid.  I did find it a bit unbelievable as Isabel popped up in her jeans and jacket and "interviewed" the Ancient Egyptians without them batting an eyelash at this strange modern woman.  However, the Isabel Soto books are fun.  Bringing a positive role model and career choice (minus the time travel :-) along with basic information.  While these books are usually deservedly recommended for a wide age range, this particular one is too general to be of much use beyond the Grade 3/4 level.  This book is more of a starting point to see if the subject matter is of interest.

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